On Formosa, Far East bastion on Nationalist China, another army - of lumberjacks, loppers, draggers, rollers, sawmill workers - are working to boost the island's war and peace economy.
LS. PAN TIMBER LAND. 6-THOUSAND FEET IN THE MOUNTAINS ALONG THE EAST COAST OF TAIWAN.
LS. OF TAIPINGSHAN LOGGING CAMP 6-THOUSAND FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL.
G.V. LOGGERS STARTING OUT FROM CAMP.
MS. LOGGERS ARRIVING IN FOREST AND SELECTING TREES.
LS. LOGGERS CUTTING DOWN THE TREES.
MS. AXEMAN AND SAW AT WORK.
CU. SAW CUTTING INTO TREES.
HEAD CU. ONE OF THE LOGGERS YELLING "TIMBER" IN CHINESE.
LS. PAN DOWN. OF HUGE CYPRESS FALLING.
MS. LOGGERS TRIM UNDERBRUSH SURROUNDING TREE.
MS. SAWMAN ON SLOPING HILLSIDE CUTTING INTO TREE.
LS.PAN TREE CRASHING TROUGH THE FOREST.
MS. LOGGERS PREPARING TO FEEL ANOTHER TREE.
HCU. LOGGER YELLING "TIMBER" IN CHINESE.
LS.PAN HUGE CYPRESS FALLING INTO FOREST.
CU. LOGGERS CUTTING TREE INTO SECTIONS.
MS.PAN DONKEY SYEAM ENGINE USED FOR DRAGGING LOGS FROM FOREST TO LOADING STATION.
MLS. CUT LOGS BEING HAULED.
MS. ON GASOLINE -DRIVER "DONKEY ENGINES" LOGS ARE HAULED TO THE FIRST STAGE ((CABLE), ON FLAT CAR WHEELS.
MLS. LOGGING UNIT WITH FLAT CAR ARRIVING AT NEXT RAIL LINE -- WORKERS GUIDING FLAT CAR WHEELS ONTO TRACKS.
LS. LOGS WITH ATTACHED CAPS SAIL OFF INTO SPACE OVER THE SECOND CABLE LINE INTO VALLEY BELOW.
OVERHEAD RUNNING SHOT. APPROACHING CABLEWAY LANDING.
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Background: On Formosa, Far East bastion on Nationalist China, another army - of lumberjacks, loppers, draggers, rollers, sawmill workers - are working to boost the island's war and peace economy.
This month 8,000 lumbermen planned to break the annual production record of eleven million board feet as their contribution to the island's economy.
No country in the world faces the same problems in logging at 6,000 feet in the clouds and bringing its big trees from forest to the sawmills. There are no mountain rivers for spring logging drives, no trucks (roads are virtually impossible here) and no broad gauge railroad. Everything must be done by hand - sawing, cutting, trimming. Logs are swung into aerial cable-ways, carried to pygmy-size railroad cars and start a circuitous five day trip to the Taipingshan lumber camp.
Six-hundred-thousand railway sleepers for Korea are on order - another boost for Formosa's budget.
Ninety percent cent of the trees on Formosa are Cypress - ranging from 70 to 90 feet in height - some are 1-thousand years old. (Cypress trees are noted for their hollow centers.)
From the logging camp, more than a mile above sea level, the tress felled by hand, cut into sections and locked onto narrow gauge flat cars, are carried on spectacular five day trip down to the mill at Lotung. En-route they pass over three serial cable systems. The logs go down - the return trip brings supplies to the men.
Formosa has more than 7-million acres of forest land - on this 250-mile long, 85-mile wide island.
Reforestation experts, trained at American universities are replanting 70-thousand acres annually in Chinese and Japanese fir.